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Preschool & Recreational Programs

Preschool & Recreational Programs

Come discover the joy of learning gymnastics and the fundamentals of movement at Nanaimo Gymnastics School. 

Gymnastics is a fundamental sport that develops a wide variety of movement skills in children, including landings, swinging, balance, rotations, coordination, springing, and locomotion. It has also been identified as one of the three major sports that develops physical literacy, along with swimming and track and field. Gymnastics teaches the fundamentals of physical and motor abilities that can be transferred to any sport throughout life.

In addition, gymnastics has cognitive benefits, as there is a strong correlation between children who are physically literate and academic achievement. So not only does gymnastics develop your body, it helps develop your brain.

Take a look at our programming and Come Learn With Us!


The Nanaimo Gymnastics School GOALS Program is a comprehensive program that helps athletes develop the physical foundation and skills they need to succeed in gymnastics and other sports. The program is designed for athletes of all ages and skill levels, and includes Benchmark Skills, Supporting Skills, and Supplemental Skills. Athletes begin working on the GOALS program in Preschool classes and continue progressing through the levels as they move into Recreational Programs.

GOALS Levels:
Parent and Tot: Levels 1-3
Preschool: Levels 1-5
Recreational: Levels 1-10

Preschool Classes

Come learn with us from the start!  Join us for our popular preschool classes ages 18 months to 5 years.  Structured classes help develop physical literacy in your little ones; skills that will be beneficial throughout life!

Each class starts with a warm-up game and stretch, followed by rotations on the gymnastics apparatus.  Learn balance, coordination, build strength and confidence - all while having a lot of fun!

The Spring 2024 Registration Now Open!

The Fall Session runs from Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 until Sunday, February 4th, 2024

Pajama Gym

Looking for some evening fun to add to your bedtime routine? We've got you covered!  Join us on Wednesday evenings in your pajamas for some structured gym time to send you off to sleep!

Sure to have your little one fast asleep by the time you get back to your house!

pajama gymnastics

Recreational Classes

Our structured recreational classes teach athletes ages 5 and above technical skills on each women's artistic gymnastics apparatus.  Using our very own certification program, athletes progress and learn gymnastics skills safely and with confidence, getting report cards and badges as they master levels.

Classes begin with a group warm-up and stretch, followed by time on each apparatus (trampoline too!) and some conditioning to build the body for skills required in each level.

The 2024 Spring Session Registration Now Open!

The Fall Session runs from Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 until Sunday, February 4th, 2024

Invitational Classes

Our invitation classes are for athletes who love gymnastics and show aptitude at their age and level.  Athletes must be recommended by a coach to register into these programs and may eventually move into our Competitive Programs.

The 2024 Spring Session Registration Now Open!

The Fall Session runs from Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 until Sunday, February 4th, 2024

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Special Needs Programs

Nanaimo Gymnastics has the resources to help improve the lives of those who are living with special needs.  Through the use of the gymnastics equipment we are able to increase flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, self esteem and allow pathways
in the brain to be developed.

Nanaimo Gymnastics has developed this program in order to make a positive impact on the lives of families in Nanaimo.  Our coaching staff are National Coaching Certification Program Level 3 coaches with over 20 years coaching experience who love coaching and appreciate the challenges of developing individual programs for Special Needs.  Children we have worked with have had great results including; increased fitness, decreased anxiety and fears, improved self esteem, and improved social behaviours, speech and communication. Some special needs we have worked with include autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, FAS, amputees, hearing or sight impairments, cystic fibrosis, and cerebral palsy.

Please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss how we can help your family.

Organizations or individuals interested in working with or sponsoring our team to further develop these programs should contact Brianna Rapanos at (250) 740-0330 or

Online Registration

Welcome to our Online Registration Portal!  Please click the link below to be redirected to our Uplifter site:

Spring 2024 Session Registration Now Open!

Detailed instructions on how to complete registration is available below:

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